Rev. E. Anderson
YOU LUCKY PEOPLE!
Rev. Wm Barclay
Two women were overheard talking on the top of a tram car. The just was bemoaning the fact that she found it desperately hard to make ends meet, that she could never get anything new, and that she could never get any of the things she wanted for the house. The second said, “We11, you know, I’ve taken a part-time job, and from it I managed to save enough to get a new carpet for the sitting-room.”
The first woman said enviously, “Yes, but you were always one of the lucky ones.” The second woman said with a smile, “Yes, I suppose that’s true. But I have noticed that the harder I work, the luckier I seem to be !”
1/. NO MAN CAN TAKE A CHANCE WHEN IT COMES TO HIM UNLESS HE HAS MADE HIMSELF READY TO TAKE IT WHEN IT DOES COME.
One of the grim things in life is that there are any number of people today who wish that they had worked a bit harder and studied a bit harder when they were young, because now they are passed over for promotion because-to use a colloquial phrase-they have not got what it takes.
This is true of the far greater things too. No man run ever hope to enter into a great friendship or a lasting love unless he has made himself, through his own efforts and through the grace of God, the kind of person for whom a real relationship and real love are possible.
2/. NO MAN CAN TAKE A CHANCE WHEN IT COMES UNLESS HE IS THERE TO TAKE IT.
A man will wait for long enough, if he waits for inspiration to come to him. Inspiration comes to the man who is prepared to work until it comes to him. The preacher, the writer, the student will and that the likeliest place to find inspiration is at his desk. He must avoid the habit of not going to his desk until inspiration has come; he must go, and inspiration will come – out of mental perspiration!
3/. TO MAN WHO REFUSES TO BLAME HIMSELF WILL SELDOM GET ANYWHERE.
There is a kind of person who blames everyone but himself. He lives in a world in which everything seems to be permanently against him. The weather, the boss, the other man, some specially malignant collection of circumstances, the general stupidity and even dishonesty of other people-this kind of person can produce them all as reasons why he has net done better than he has done, and why he has not gone further than he has gone.
There comes a time when a man should stop explaining what is wrong with circumstances and what is wrong with other people, and should start asking: “What is wrong with me?” For self-examination would often be the best way to a change of what is called luck.